Provo native Paul G. Van Wagenen has been appointed president and chief operating officer of Pogo Producing Co., a Houston-based oil and gas exploration company, according to William C. Liedtke, chairman and chief executive officer.

The 44-year-old Van Wagenen has been with Pogo since 1979 when he became the company's first in-house attorney. In April 1982 he was promoted to vice president and general counsel and in January 1986 became senior vice president. He has been a director of the company since 1988.Van Wagenen received his bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University in 1970 and his law degree form the University of Washington in 1973. Prior to joining Pogo, he worked for Exxon in a variety of capacities in its Anchorage, Houston, Midland, New Orleans and New York offices.